Curtis Fest Artisan Spotlight: Greg La Traille

Equations represented in vivid paintings


Greg La Traille, (b. 1951), is an American composer and visual artist. He has been drawing and painting since childhood. Due to a youthful heart problem which prevented participation in sports, the young La Traille took up art, including model building, painting, drawing, film making and sculpture.

La Traille has worked in oils, pencil and pen & ink. His “Rhythm-Ink” series, featuring classical and jazz musicians, captures the flow and dynamic feel of music in performance. The style is reminiscent of Art Deco and the Jazz Age. His “Equation-Art” series interprets symbolically actual famous equations represented in the vivid paintings or applied in the pen and ink subjects as if they were equations, capturing just the aesthetic essence of the subject.

La Traille has also worked in oils producing highly individual landscapes, portraits and abstract designs. A versatile artist comfortable in somewhat realist as well as abstract art and music.

About Curtis Fest

Curtis Fest returns to William Curtis Park on Sunday, Aug. 27. More than 60 artisans are expected to show their work at the 11th annual event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the north end of the park under the beautiful tree canopy. Curtis Fest has become a Sacramento favorite, and many premier artists have joined the lineup this year.

This free, public event includes food from award winning chef Keith Breedlove of the Culinerdy Cruzer food truck along with delicious street tacos from the Turnt Up food truck. John Merriman, Dianna and the Cherry Kings and the Ranell Carpenter Band will perform.

An expanded petting zoo returns this year as well as the climbing station, and the children’s fairy. Curtis Fest will be followed by Music in the Park from 6-8 p.m.

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